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Could a patient compensation system replace malpractice claims?

A new study suggests that a state-administered patient compensation system could take the place of the current adversarial medical malpractice tort system and save money at the same time.

How hospitals can reduce risk of infection, cross-contamination

The threat of the Ebola virus has brought even more attention to the importance of disinfection protocols and reducing the risk of cross-contamination.

4 easy-to-miss social media safeguards for physician offices

While the potential benefits of social media in healthcare are vast, so too are the consequences for physicians or organizations whose representatives don't post carefully,  according to a  po st  on  OncLive.

Practices' top financial challenges of 2014

Financial challenges continue to plague physician pr actices, as indicated by the latest sur vey  from  Medical Economics, which sheds light on the trends currently affecting physician incomes and office balance sheets.

King v. Burwell: SCOTUS decision could change everything--or nothing

When the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case of King v. Burwell, which  challenges the legality of federal insurance subsidies,  reaction to the news was mixed. Arguments ranged from "this could change everything" to "this is not big deal."

CMS finds major issues at clinic that treated Joan Rivers

A new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found multiple serious errors at the Manhattan clinic where comedian Joan Rivers died.

AMA calls for MU penalties to be dropped

The American Medical Association continues to exert pressure to ease the burdens of the Meaningful Use program on physicians, this time approving a policy calling for the penalties to be dropped due to lack of interoperability and regulations be changed to allow electronic health records to be more usable.

If Supreme Court strikes down ACA subsidies, states could step in

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules next year that the Affordable Care Act subsidies aren't legal, it could make health insurance unaffordable for millions of consumers. But could states save the healthcare reform law?

Jim Tate: Meaningful Use audit appeals process a 'black box'

Providers that fail a Meaningful Use audit have the right to appeal the determination. However, some providers who take this step are running into roadblocks that render the process confusing and in some cases downright unfair.

VA scandal: McDonald announces major overhaul, firings

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has announced the most substantial restructuring in VA history.